Have you ever wondered whose side you’d have been on during The American Civil War? Wonder no more. After the recent protests in Dallas, due to the shooting of the two innocent men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Now is your chance to raise your voice and express who you want to stand by. The oppressed or the oppressor. Often times people try to challenge the movement “Black Lives Matter” by stating that “All lives matter”. I use the word “challenge” lightly because… is it really a challenge or is it ignorance and racism? Let’s take this example: Becky is learning how to ride her bike and falls off her bike. She breaks her arm and her mom rushes her to the hospital. The doctor takes a look at her arm and tells her, “Becky, I won’t treat your arm…because all bones matter.” Now do you get it? If you say that “All lives matter” you are on the side of the oppressor because you are dismissing a current issue at hand. Although, I would like to add, police brutality isn’t recent. It is merely, amongst one of the issues that African Americans face on a daily basis. The “Black Lives Matter” movement wasn’t created over recent frustration ….it’s an accumulation of frustration throughout the past few years. On the “Black Lives Matter” website “Black Lives Matter” is as:
“When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.
How Black poverty and genocide is state violence.
How 500,000 Black people in the US are undocumented immigrants and relegated to the shadows.
How 2.8 million Black people are locked in cages in this country is state violence.
How Black girls are used as negotiating chips during times of conflict and war.
How Black queer and trans folks bear a unique burden from a hetero-patriarchal society that disposes of us like garbage and simultaneously fetishizes us and profits off of us, and that is state violence.
How Black folks living with disabilities and different abilities bear the burden of state sponsored Darwinian experiments that attempt to squeeze us into boxes of normality defined by white supremacy, and that is state violence.
Icons and description- Courtesy from: Black Lives Matter website.